Well, its been a sad week. Arthur C Clarke, Captain Birdseye and Ivan Dixon all died. Now, I was particularly shocked when I saw the news about Ivan Dixon, as I thought "He only released Sydney Treads the Catwalk in a wee while ago, surely he's not going to be another gonetoosoon?" But, as it turns out, it was the actor from Hogan's Heroes, not the aussie AGS game creator. Still sad, of course, but a few degrees of separation further away and at a ripe old age.
Arthur C Clarke, of course, was an inspiration for many Sci-Fi fans and there's at least one game in the Games in Production forum based on his works. He was tainted in later years by unpleasant allegations and he looked like a bit of an old colonial, but there's no disputing that he had a huge influence upon modern Science Fiction.